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Update to Funding Agencies’ Joint Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy

Canada’s four federal research funding organizations—the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)—have updated their harmonized This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations.

Review committee members, external reviewers and observers involved in review processes for the agencies will be asked to sign the updated version of the Agreement, which, among minor updates, now also specifies that individuals under investigation for a breach of agency policy at any of the four agencies must temporarily withdraw from participation in, and decline invitations for, any agency review processes.

The policy, in its previous version, was launched last year and integrated into each agency’s review process. It helps ensure that the review process continues to meet the highest ethical and integrity standards, and preserves the trust and confidence of the research community, the government and the public. The updated version of the policy will be integrated into each agency’s review process based on the agency’s competition timelines.

All committee members, reviewers and observers must comply with the policy and take necessary measures to protect the public interest in all conflict-of-interest situations.

Please direct any questions to:

CIHR: FundingPolicy@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
NSERC: sectr@nserc-crsng.gc.ca
SSHRC: sectr@nserc-crsng.gc.ca